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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",000,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Sunrise Funding Ltd" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2019 05:25:27 -0700
Subject: APPLY FOR A LOAN NOW !!
We are private lenders based in UK.
Do you need a loan (credit) as soon as possible. Are you in search of
money to solve your personal needs or finance your business venture,
then get Your desired loan today! Consult us at Sunrise Funding Ltd.
* We offer personal loan & huge capital loan at 2% interest rate to
the general public
both locally and internationally.
* Credit amount range from $5,000.00 -- $100,000.00 and above.
* Special $10,000,000.00 Loan offer for huge project also available.
* Loan period of 6 months ---- 10 years
* Loan is granted 24 hours after approval and accredited, directly in
hand or bank account.
To apply please fill the below details regarding your request.
FULL NAMES: __________
MOBILE NUMBER: ______
PURPOSE OF LOAN: _____
AMOUNT REQUIRED: _____
LOAN DURATION: _______
Contact E-mail Address:_______
Please note that you are advised to contact us with the details below
after filling out the form via the following e-mail address below;
EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRM : Sun Rise Funding Ltd UK